Yo, I’m Anthony. I’m a multidisciplinary designer currently based in Chicago. It’s currently snowing, and the wind shredded my monstera on the walk back from the plant shop – send prayers.
Presence; occupying a space undeterred. To me that’s beautiful.
Couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Missed the memo that warns about potential imposter syndrome (“Was I just a diversity hire?”) but lately being Black in the creative industry has meant navigating what feels right for me and working with values aligned with my own, regardless of the perception of others. I’ve definitely noticed a lack of representation so I treasure the conversations I have with other Black designers I occasionally meet.
Black people are not a monolith. There’s intersectionality in all aspects our identity that shape our culture. Don’t just hear – listen. Implement, collaborate, and connect with those whose shared experiences differ from your own and be willing to celebrate that.
I believe it starts in education; not only acknowledging the systemic barriers, but instilling the idea that anything is possible for young creatives to make new ground and they should advocate for themselves 100%.